The WordPress Community – Passion and Participation

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A major part of using WordPress involves relying on and interacting with the WordPress community at large, which has the reputation of being genuinely friendly and helpful. After all, as an open source platform it has been built and maintained by that community!

Although the members of our local WordPress Meetup are by definition a part of that community, few were aware of the range of opportunities available within it.

So, for our last session before the summer break, we chose this as our topic. I put together a slide presentation covering the kind of resources and experiences the WordPress Community can offer you and the ways in which you can contribute to WordPress.

  • Meetups
  • WordCamps
  • Community Forums
  • The Community Deputy Program
  • Contrib to Core
  • Component Maintainers
  • Contributing/ reviewing plugins and themes
  • Freelance/ remote working opportunities
Overview slide from presentation on the WordPress Community

For quick reference, I also put together the following useful resource links:

WordPress Statistics

Most Marvelous 100+ WordPress Stats & Facts (2019)

WordPress Stats: Your Ultimate List of WordPress Statistics (Data, Studies, Facts – Even the Little-Known)

Meetups

Meetup Program Basics

Kingston WordPress Group Code of Conduct

Kingston WordPress Group Good Faith Rules

WordPress 2018 Meetup Survey Results

WordCamps

WordCamp Central

You may also want to read my account of attending WCUS 2016, WCUS – passion, democratization, accessibility, community

Contributor Days – an example (US WordCamp 2018)

WordCamp Schedule

Don’t forget to keep an eye on your WordPress Dashboard for news about local events!

WordPress Resource Sites

WPBeginner – mostly how-to guides for simple tasks

Torque – more editorial content, from development to light pop culture

WPTavern – editorial content, mostly about the project and open sources

WPMU DEV Blog – some free content, some by subscription

WPShout – mostly developer-focused content, with in-depth tutorials

Online WordPress Forums


27 WordPress Support Forums That Have All The Answers – useful article, including a comprehensive list of WordPress Facebook Groups

WordPress Support Forums

WordPress Slack

WordPress Codex

WordPress Stack Exchange – you may also want to see the Stack Exchange Tour for step by step instructions.

Contributing to WordPress

The Community Deputy Program

Make WordPress – If you want to get involved in WordPress, this is the place to be, with blogs for each contributor group, general news, and upcoming events.

Contib to Core – see also this helpful Developers Guide to Contributing to WordPress Core from Delicious Brains

WordPress Core Components

Submitting Themes

Theme Review

Plugins

Leaving a WordPress Plugin review

Freelance and Remote Working Opportunities

Useful articles from codeinwp:

20+ Sites to Find Remote WordPress Jobs + 5 Great Companies Hiring Right Now

Remote Work for WordPress Professionals: How to Work From Home (And Stay Sane)

Virtual Agencies

Outsourcing Marketplace

Job Boards

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